Child Care Licensing


The original licensing law which was passed in 1919 placed the licensing authority with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Department administers the licensing law as a preventive program to assure that out-of-home care for children and maternity patients will not be exploitive, unsafe, or unhealthy. The main purpose of the law is to protect the health, safety and welfare of children receiving care away from their parents and home. It is also a consumer protection law assuring parents that the care they are paying for meets minimum standards of good care.

Licensure (depending on the number of children in care) is required regardless of the motivation for providing care, and whether or not there is advertisement of or payment of services. The essential fact is that a child or children receive care away from their own homes.

KDHE contracts with the Butler County Health Department to provide local regulatory services for:
  • Child Care Centers
  • Group Day Care Homes
  • Head Start Centers
  • Licensed Day Care Homes
  • Preschools
  • School Age Programs

How to Open a Facility

For those interested in opening a child care facility the first step is to attend an orientation class. Home-based orientation classes are held on a monthly basis, normally the third Friday of the month from 9-11:30 a.m. at the health department. Pre-registration is not required and there is no fee for the class. To verify orientation class schedule or for further information please contact Amy at (316) 621-4523.  
Orientation Dates for 2018:
January 19                            July 13
         February 16                          August 17
         March 16                               September 21
         April 20                                  October 19
         May 18                                   November 16
         June 15                                  December 21

How to Report a Complaint

The Butler County Health Department is responsible for investigating complaints on child care facilities within Butler County. If you have a concern or complaint with a licensed facility or an unregulated facility (someone caring for children without a license) please call (316) 321-3400.

Seeking Child Care

If you are looking for child care please contact Child Care Aware at (877) 678-2548. To find out about a provider’s compliance history please go to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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